Saturday, 20 March 2010

Npower boiler scrappage scheme to run indefinitely

Energy giant Npower has pledged to continue offering its £400 boiler scrappage discount after the government’s scheme ends.

Consumers who want to replace their old G-rated boiler for a new energy efficient one will still be able to get a £400 discount from Npower, once the government’s boiler scheme ends.

Currently, Npower - along with British Gas - promises to match the government’s £400 grant, which means eligible households can combine the scrappage schemes to get an £800 discount on an A-rated boiler installation from Npower when they trade in their old G-rated one.

Government vouchers running out fast

The government’s boiler scrappage scheme was launched in January 2010 and has seen an impressive take-up. Last month, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reported that of the 125,000 boiler scrappage vouchers available, Decc had already issued more than 54,000 scrappage vouchers .

Npower retail chief executive Kevin Miles said: ‘The scrappage scheme has proven to be extremely popular and if take-up continues at the same rate, we expect the government’s scheme to close in April.

Shop around for the best boiler deal

Which? home editor Liz Edwards warned: ‘While it’s good news that Npower will continue this discount, don’t assume that the company offering the biggest discount will necessarily be offering the best boiler installation deal.

‘When we took a snapshot of boiler installation costs in 2009, we compared British Gas quotes against several independent central heating engineers and found British Gas charged up to twice as much as the lowest priced independent boiler engineer for the same job.

‘If you’re considering replacing your boiler, make sure you shop around and get several quotes before committing.’

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